Updated | August 9, 2016
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Psyfari music festival responds to police opposition
In light of Police from the Mudgee LAC expressing that they’re strongly against the upcoming Psyfari Festival near Lithgow, the organisers have released a statement in response to the opposition.
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Police strongly oppose Lithgow area Psyfari Festival
Senior Police from the Mudgee Local Area Command have expressed their strong opposition to a marathon music festival planned for the Lithgow area later this month.
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Police tell drivers to slow down after seven fatalities this year
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Watch out for these recent scams
A Gulgong trucking operator has been targeted by an international scam where someone claimed to be from the Australian Tax Office has contacted them on their landline phone.
The scammer told the local man that there was a warrant for their arrest that was going to be executed by local police. The only way to prevent their arrest was to pay the outstanding amount to a particular account number. This was of course not the tax office but an overseas account belonging to the scammer.
Fortunately the business man was quick to recognise this as a scam and he contacted police.
Please take care with your personal information and never transfer money to accounts that you are not familiar with. The ATO will not normally contact you by phone. Please have a look at the ATO website for warnings about scams. Be aware that there is little NSW Police can do if you transfer money to an overseas account.
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Renewed appeal for information on anniversary of fatal explosion
Police are renewing appeals for information from the public on the anniversary of a suspicious fatal explosion in the State’s Central West last year.
Strike Force Avail was established in July 2015 and is comprised of detectives from Chifley Local Area Command – with the assistance of State Crime Commands Homicide Squad – to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.
John Burrows, 58, was killed in an explosion as he approached the rear garage of his mother’s property in Villiers Street, Portland, about 6.30am on Friday 24 July, 2015.
Police located the remains of an improvised explosive device (IED) which had been placed outside the garage and believe that Mr Burrows was the intended target.
An integral part of the investigation is to identify and locate components which were used to build the IED. Police are still searching for a metal plate which, following investigations, has been identified as a stove element.
“We have been unable to locate the stove element, but will continue to search for it. We believe it will provide a substantial amount of information,” Chifley Acting Crime Manager, Detective Chief Inspector Colin Cracknell, said.
“Police are seeking information from anyone that may have seen the element after the explosion or who might be in possession of it, to come forward.”
“It is believed during the explosion, this part of the IED may have landed in surrounding bushland, around Bell Street, Portland,” Det Ch Insp Cracknell said.
During initial searches, IED parts were found around the laneway but officers believe other parts may have been propelled from the site during the explosion.
A piece of angled metal, believed to be part of the explosive device, was located in Wolgan Street, Portland, the opposite direction to where of all other materials were located.
As part of the ongoing investigations, officers will once again commence a search of surrounding areas, focusing on the bushland and nearby locations.
Det Ch Insp Cracknell said one year on, this crime still haunts the minds of the close-knit community of Portland, and police are continuing with their investigation.
“Our officers are doing all they can to ensure someone is brought to justice, but we need the community’s help.
“If you have any information about why Mr Burrows was targeted, or can assist with information about any pieces believed to form part of the IED, then please come forward,” Det Ch Insp Cracknell said.
Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: nsw.crimestoppers.com.au Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.